Fender got drunk namm 2020

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RoCkstAr256, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Doc3

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    If it is I am filing a class action. Had a number of relatives on the Mayflower the Fullers and Soule. $8000.00:eek:
     
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  2. EsquireOK

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    The Lead series were good looking guitars IMO. Kind of a cross between a Fender and a Les Paul double cut. Glad to see them back, and cheap, and with maple necks. Too bad about the ugly truss rod access.

    Here's a Lead I (modified with the addition of a Les Paul Custom pickup) that I completely stripped and refinished for my bandmate several years ago. Sorry for the bad pic. He took it, not me. But it's the only one I have of the guitar.

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    I had a Lead II from 1979 to 2015; the phase switch gave it a really nasal tone that was only semi-usable given that the original pickups were Fender "hot" pickup, the X-1. These new Player versions have 2 of the Player Strat pickups so it might be a bit more usable.

    That's the way the originals were - Lead II had a 3-way selector switch and a 2-way phase switch.

    The Lead I was the same way, but the 3-way worked the original humbucker (front coil/both coils/rear coil) and the phase switch worked when you were in the both coils position.

    The original Lead III had 2 3-way switches - the 3-way selector and the other 3-way selected the humbucker coils kind of oddly - switch up gave you the inside coil of the neck pickup, in the middle both pickups were humbuckers, and in the down position it gave you the rear coil of the bridge pickup.
     
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    I was away from TDPRI for a while (sorta). It seems like the recurring theme these days for any new product is "It's ugly and it's too expensive."

    :D:confused:
     
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  5. JuneauMike

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    After screwing up so much of their brand I'd imagine they've got a lot of pallets laying around that they don't need to ship freight on anymore. So, yeah.
     
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    I actually kinda like it. Although, it does look like the knobs & switches are a little crowded, but who knows.
     
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    That gets me thinking.....

    I cant wait for 2021, when Fender Custom shop makes a batch of $10k 5E3s made out of wood repurposed from Firebird Xs.....

    ;)
     
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    I always liked those design-wise. That said, every one I ever picked up was an absolute boat anchor. I suspect they might have remedied that.
     
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    Everything is too expensive.....

    But I'll defend the bright green. When Dan-o did the "Dead on" whatevers some years back, it was hard to find the bright, Interesting colors in stores. Those were like $200ish guitars though, so the financial impact was similar to picking up a squire that looked neat.
     
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    Interesting...back then, I never noticed guitars or amps (my Twin Reverb and Super Reverb) being heavy.
     
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    The green is a bit much for my tastes, but I’d rock either of the other two, kinda dig the phase switching.
     
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    wasn't that amp posted here as a home made project about 6 months ago?

    I know I made a comment on it
     
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    Hmmm. I actually LOVE the black one with maple fretboard. I picture it doing great with higher-output sc pickups. The controls look to be an ergonomic nightmare however and I cannot for the life of me imagine why you'd want to put two low output SC strat pickups in parallel-out-of-phase (and furthermore put the switch RIGHT where you'd accidentally hit it during your solo!)
    But the body shape, and two angled SCs? Super cool.
     
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    I like it too, as it kind of reminds me of an updated Mustang. I applaud Fender for bringing back some of their lesser known models like this.
     
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    I'd rather have series/parallel (in phase) for the SC pups.
     
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    Too gadget-y for me. :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't know what they're thinking..

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    why would anyone want one of those plywood guitars? Oh - because the internet said it was cool. Sorry.
     
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    I think the Daphne blue thinline magico they introduced looks sexy as hell. Looking forward to someone around here dumping one on Craigslist so I can try it out.
     
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    Maybe it’s going to bring interest back into the lead series and add value to the original leads

    It’s a shame they Don’t have the wonderful thick u shape with thin nut that mine has one of my favorite necks ever
     
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